SBS Technologies, Inc. Announces Next Generation Five-Nines CompactPCI® High Availability System

SBS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBSE), a leader in high-performance OEM telecommunications platforms and subsystems, will introduce the Cascade II High Availability (HA) System at the Computer Telephony Expo in Los Angeles, March 6 through 8. Featuring PowerPC™ technology with a 12" depth chassis designed to meet NEBS standards, the Cascade II HA system offers a unique, scalable and flexible architecture to the world of high-performance embedded computing. Building upon its existing Cascade High Availability product family, Cascade II is designed for demanding mission critical OEM telecommunications and networking applications targeting customers providing Central Office (CO) destined servers and/or target convergence systems. "The introduction of Cascade II further supports our commitment to continuously offer our OEM telecommunications customers the high-performance, modularity and cost-efficiency they require to remain competitive in the time to market race," states Dan Grey, Vice President of Sales, SBS Technologies. "SBS is pleased to present the telecom marketplace with the only five-nines HA solution featuring PowerPC technology and 12" depth chassis designed for NEBS compliance and look forward to continued development of similar breakthrough products in the future." Designed to meet five-nines (99.999%) up-time, Cascade II is supported by two SBS K2-HA CompactPCI® single board computers (based on PowerPC 750 500 MHz processor) offering HA system management, hot swap controllers and System/non-System operation. The basic system also includes hot swap redundant power supplies, and SBS' Whitney™ watchdog alarm module which delivers high-level monitoring and failover control for system controllers and peripherals. Bundled in a 19" rack featuring a sturdy, modular design with state-of-the-art reverse impeller blowers, Cascade II offers a full range of telecommunications options for OEM use, including a 24-port Ethernet switch, T1/E1, OC3 and more. SBS is strategically positioned as the only provider of a fault-tolerant, HA system offering the richest mix of WAN/convergence interface support from 56k to ATM-OC3 as well as enabling communications protocols such as PPP, HDLC, Frame Relay, ATM and SS7. Another added benefit for SBS' series of HA products is its ability and willingness to customize the systems based on the specific requirements of OEM customers. Software Support Available software for Cascade II includes HA-aware device drivers (PICMG-compliant); alarm management; and shells for heart-beat, check point, policy management, Network Management System, and custom application-specific software. Software support includes VxWorks® for real-time control, Linux® and GoAhead® Software. Pricing and Availability List pricing for Cascade II begins at $18,995. Availability is 60 days ARO for the basic VxWorks-based system. GoAhead and Linux software are planned for release in the third quarter of 2001. For more detailed pricing and availability information, please contact the SBS sales team at (888) SBS-COMM or via e-mail at ABOUT SBS TECHNOLOGIES COMMUNICATIONS GROUP SBS Technologies Communications Group designs and manufactures high-performance OEM telecommunications platforms and subsystems for the CompactPCI, PMC and PCI markets. SBS' OEM telecommunications platforms target fault-tolerant capability and feature leading edge CPUs and WAN interfaces supporting T1/E1, HSSI, DS3/E3, OC-3 and POS. Based on the PowerPC and Pentium® CPU architecture, these OEM platforms enable the convergence of voice, video and data via protocols such as PPP, Frame Relay, ATM and SS7. SBS provides a broad array of OEM subsystem telecommunications products ranging from stand-alone single board computers and WAN adapters scaling the bandwidth spectrum to chassis and industrial enclosures. SBS' reputation for proven technology, innovative products and dedicated OEM support has led to an established customer base that includes telecommunications equipment leaders such as Avici Systems, CIENA, Ericsson, IBM, Lucent Technologies, Motorola, NetScout Systems, Network Associates, Nokia, and Nortel Networks. More information on SBS and its extensive range of telecommunications products is available at ABOUT SBS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. SBS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBSE) is a leading designer and manufacturer of open-architecture, standard bus embedded computer components that system designers can easily utilize to create a custom solution specific to the user's unique application. SBS embedded computer components are used in OEM applications such as telecommunications base stations and routers, medical imaging machines, automation and control equipment, and aerospace devices. SBS product lines include CPU boards, input/output (I/O) modules, avionics modules and analyzers, computer interconnection and expansion units, and complete computer systems. Statements in this press release regarding SBS Technologies, Inc. and its business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements," including explicit statements regarding product availability and applications, and implicit suggestions regarding the market potential of our business and expectations of future orders. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. For information about risks and uncertainties that could affect the accuracy of the forward-looking statements, please refer to SBS Technologies' filings with the SEC, including SBS' Annual Report on Form 10-K